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General Maintainer - NY Locations

Job ID: 61681
Department: Human Resources
Location: Jamaica, NY


The Port Authority of NY & NJ is seeking to fill skilled-trade General Maintainers in our various New York Facilities (LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport). The General Maintainer position is often the entry-point for many maintenance career paths at the Port Authority.
General Maintainers are general laborers who are responsible for variety of manual and semi-skilled construction trades. General Maintainers will carry-out critical maintenance work that enable our facilities to remain safe and operational for the traveling public.
Note: This recruitment is currently only for our NY side Port Authority locations. Candidates will need to be open to working at NY facility locations.
General Maintainers perform work that typically requires the knowledge of the following trade fields:
  • Carpentry
  • Landscaping
  • Painting
  • Paving
  • Roofing
  • Snow removal for commercial property
  • Gardening
  • Structural and mechanical maintenance
  • Knowledge of materials, tools, blueprint reading and equipment of these trades
General Maintainers work a 40-hour week, which includes rotating shifts, nights, weekends, holidays, during inclement weather and overtime as needed.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:
  • High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Two (2) years of journey-level work experience in the building construction, general laborer fields
  • Valid driver license with the ability to obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL) Class B permit before the first day of work
Applicants should refer to the following website for further information on obtaining a CDL and medical clearance for CDL licensing:
Selected candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background check and will be asked to provide copies of the required licenses for verification.


Applicants under consideration will be contacted via email for testing.
  • Written Exam: Written exam is designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in Building Construction and Maintenance trades areas such as: Carpentry, Painting, Plumbing, Drywall, Masonry, Tool Identification/Usage, Safety Procedures, and Trade Math/Measurement (including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and calculation of measurements based on the reading of show drawings/schematics and rulers).

  • Practical Exam: Exam is designed to measure the candidate's knowledge, skill, and ability to work with tools, equipment, and materials used in building construction/maintenance and repair. The practical exam includes:
    • Climbing a stationary ladder and demonstrating your ability to work at heights
    • Constructing a piping project from a drawing by cutting and threading steel pipe and cutting and sweating copper pipe
    • Building a wood frame using standard lumber following the specifications from a shop drawing
    • Measuring, cutting, hanging, taping and painting a sheetrock wall following a shop drawing
Only qualified candidates will be contacted. Qualified candidates will have to complete background process and approved by our Office of Medical Services before they can be hired.

Compensation & Benefits:

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.
  • Starting Salary: $23.18 hourly
  • This is a temporary position that offers health benefits but no paid-time off benefits.
  • Temporary General Maintainers have the potential to convert to permanent status based on availability of openings and performance.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority:

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than twenty three billion in annual wages and eighty billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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